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Saturday, June 21, 2008 jms, Community Member, asks

Q: when I have a headache, laying down makes it worse...

this has been going on for a few years and is getting worse.  I often wake up with one.

I have had an mri, blood work everything and nothing shows up.  I am always tired but dread going to sleep for fear i'll wake up with a headache.  I take relpax and it helps but

I always run out of the prescription every month.  Has anyone else experienced this type of headache?  It is getting worse and I am so discouraged...

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Eileen Gray, Health Guide
6/23/08 9:53am

Hi jms!


With your headaches (are they headaches or migraines?) do you have any other symptoms such as tinnitus (ringing in the ears) or hearing your pulse in your ears?


Check out our article on Intracranial Hypertension (formerly called Pseudotumer Cerebri) and see if any of the signs fit you. The only way to test for IIH is by a lumbar puncture.


This could explain the pain becoming worse when you lay down, due to the spinal fluid around the base of the skull.


Feel free to come back and ask questions and let us know if we can be of more help.


Good luck!

ERFLTRN, Community Member
6/21/08 9:57pm

I also have the same problem. My migraines intensify to an almost unbearable level at times when I lay down. I spend a lot of time in my recliner. I don't have any answers for you because none of my doctors have been able to explain it either but if you need to vent I am a good listener. Take care


kerri, Community Member
6/10/09 7:39am

hi it is a folic acid/ b12

deficiency look into taking more than the rda everyone is different their needs are too

it should help

STEPHANIE, Community Member
12/27/08 10:12am

I also have the same problem when lying down.  I used relpax for a year and ran out of my 14 pills every month. I then decided i did not want to be on drugs anymore and kept searching for the reason WHY I get migraines in the first place. I had daily migraines for app 3 years.  I love ranch dressing, chinese food and  mocha frappachinos from Starbucks.  I found this book HEAL YOUR HEADACHE THE 123 PROGRAM by David Bucholz, M.D.  He explains how MSG is the root cause of triggering our migraines.  It is hard and I am not faithful in eleminating everything but when I throw my chinese food back in I am usually doomed the next day. I call them couch days beacuase its easier than lying down in bed. I still lay down almost every nite and after 5 to 10 min have a headache but when I get up in the am I can usually bring that down to a 1 or 2 just by being up.  I recommend the book as a sterting point for EVERYONE.    It has changed my life I have not seen a Dr in 5 months I was having to get a demerol shot app every 6 weeks with a preventitive and relpax.  I am on no drugs just staying away from my enemies  F O O D!!!!!!

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By jms, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/27/12, First Published: 06/21/08